Blue drunk with success on fake

PAUL FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

Did someone say, "beer?"

Jamie Stoddard did, and the next thing you knew the Blue Bombers had pulled the cap off a fake field goal that led to a critical touchdown in yesterday's 34-15 victory over Saskatchewan.

It was late in the first half, and the Bombers, leading 17-8, had stalled on the Riders 31-yard line.

Stoddard, the holder for kicker Troy Westwood, assumed they'd try a field goal, until Tom Canada ran onto the field mouthing the word, 'Lager' -- the magic word for a fake.

"The call was actually Lager Beer," Stoddard explained. "The funny part is the D-line was going, 'Lager Beer?' "

Westwood insisted he saw a couple of Riders licking their lips.

Stoddard called for the snap, then took off for a first down, and the Bombers wound up scoring a major with 25 seconds left in the half, extending their lead to 24-8.

Stoddard says the play worked because it came in so late, and nobody on the Bombers tipped it off.

Westwood has another theory.

"The reason this worked is that it's called Lager," the kicker said. "Whenever there's beer involved, Jamie is going to perform at a remarkably high level."


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